The Devil's Dream
In this multigenerational tale, the 1833 marriage of preacher Moses Bailey to fiery Kate Malone in Grassy Springs, Virginia sets up a paradox: he forbids her fiddle-playing as the Devil's laughter, and she cannot resist playing old tunes and mountain hymns to their children. What follows over the next 150 years are generations of Bailey kin who experience the same contrast in music, from the early recordings of the "hillbilly music" to the latter-day Nashville sound. Each generation experiences the pull between the divine and the earthy differently -- R.C., Durwood, Blackjack Johnny, Katie -- from finding superstardom away from Grassy Branch only to be torn apart in the larger world, to shooting one's husband for cheating, to the radical experiment of recording music in the old-time tradition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - shesinplainview - LibraryThing
This is one of Lee Smith's better books. I believe that the struggle between Appalachian religious beliefs and the love of popular music was accurately portrayed. The characters were interesting and believable. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jim53 - LibraryThing
Smith uses a multi-generational approach to show us the uneasy relationship between popular traditional music and religion in the Appalachian area. Beginning in the 1830s with the marriage of a ... Read full review